ClubSport now offers hot yoga!
Following the traditional 26 poses and two breathing exercises, the sequence is performed to work every muscle, bone, joint, ligament, tendon, gland, and organ in the body. While improving strength, balance and flexibility, you will reshape and heal your body, and relieve stress and tension. Students of all levels are welcome. Instructors certified in the traditional Bikram style and hot yoga will expertly guide you through the poses.
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own mat, towel and a large bottle of cold water (no glass containers).
What to Expect
- 90-minute class of 26 poses (asana) and two breathing exercises
- A heated room: 105 degrees (it's hot yoga for a reason) with 40 percent humidity
- Students of all levels in the same class
Tips and Cautions
- Because you'll be sweating so much, it's recommended that you bring your own mat when doing hot yoga. It's advisable to have a large towel to place over your mat to absorb sweat and improve traction.
- Wondering what to wear? While you may be tempted to wear your shortest shorts, it's not advisable, as you'll be sweating and your legs will become slick. Longer, loose-fitting shorts or capris offer better sweat absorption and wicking to keep you comfortable.
- How hot is hot yoga? The room will be heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after class so you don't get dehydrated. It's not advisable to eat during the two hours before class.
- Hot yoga is not advised for pregnant women, as it can raise the core body temperature.
10 Benefits of Hot Yoga
1. Loosen Up
Chances are you won’t win the next season of America’s Got Talent for being an extraordinary contortionist after a few – or even after a few hundred – hot yoga sessions, but by working every muscle, tendon, ligament, and joint in your body, hot yoga can improve your flexibility and prevent injuries. It’s especially beneficial for guys, as men tend to be tighter than women.
2. Picture-Perfect Backbone
If the deceased Billy Mays had to sell hot yoga, his tagline would definitely be, “Back pain begone!” Hot yoga is designed to work the spine in every direction. The resulting flexibility helps reduce pain associated with anything from nagging back pain to herniated disks to headaches, ultimately creating a healthy spine and nervous system.
3. Alleviate Arthritis
Arthritis is definitely not fun, definitely painful and definitely scared of hot yoga. The combination of heat, moving, twisting and extending and compressing of every joint can help alleviate arthritis after only a few classes. If you stick with the program, there’s a good chance you’ll experience continued relief.
4. Shed Those Unwanted Pounds
Although summer’s nearly over, there’s no reason not to start working toward your beach body or next year – or to make some room for that delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Due to the extreme heat, a typical hot yoga session can help you burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories. Additionally, hot yoga can rev up your metabolism and help you get rid of those unhealthy cravings.
5. Consistency Is Key
Hot yoga is composed of 26 pre-set postures inside a 105-degree room for 90 minutes, so you can visit any studio in any city and every hot yoga class will be exactly the same. So if you’re frequently on the go – or if you’re just a big fan of pre-set routines – hot yoga is perfect for you.
6. Tone, Tone, and Tone Some More!
The great thing about hot yoga: It’s a double whammy. As you push yourself for an hour-and-a-half in intense heat, you’ll have to hold every pose for an extended period of time, thus toning your body as you lose the weight.
7. Strong Body …
Don’t get too excited – you probably won’t get muscles like the Man of Steel. However, hot yoga has been proven to increase strength. In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, young adults who practiced hot yoga three times a week for eight weeks showed greater strength while performing deadlifts. The group also improved flexibility in their shoulders, hamstrings, and lower back.
8. … And Strong Mind
Say goodbye to stress, be happier and get more sleep. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? The soothing effect of hot yoga’s meditative-like quality allows you to focus on your own movements, providing you with a feeling of calm, which can help you cope with stress, depression and insomnia.
9. Get Rid of the Bad Stuff
The math is easy: The more you sweat, the more toxins you help your body get rid of. This is great for your internal organs and – ladies, pay attention – your skin. Just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate for and rehydrate from those intense hot yoga sessions.
10. Give the Energizer Bunny a Run for Its Money
With no pain to complain about, a few pounds off the midsection and a mind as sharp as a tack, you’ll have a lot more energy to do a lot more activities and stay on track towards a healthy lifestyle. And you’ll just keep going and going and going …